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James C Bartlett & Early UFO Investigation

From: Jan Aldrich <project1947.nul>
Date: Sun, 31 Jul 2011 18:18:03 -0400
Archived: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 06:54:05 -0400
Subject: James C Bartlett & Early UFO Investigation

Request For Assistance: James C Bartlett & Early UFO
Investigation In The Washington-Baltimore Area


Recently a collection of letters from Dr. James C. Bartlett, a
well known Baltimore amateur astronomer have been located. They
may shed little on a number of little known events and
personalities in UFO history.

I am trying to locate other correspondence and documents on the
UFO investigations in and around the Washington-Baltimore area
during but not limited to the early 1950s and 1960s.

A partial list provided below is in no way exhaustive.

Dr. James C. Barlett, Jr., 300 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore,
Maryland an amateur astronomer interested in lunar and planetary
observation, especially anything which would indicate life or
intelligence. (In this earlier time the possibility of
intelligence life within the solar system still was considered
somewhat real.) Barlett went looking for unusual and
controversial features and changes on the moon and planets.
(Professional astronomers who had previously observed unusual
thinks on Mars for example tried to dock any discussion.)
Barlett had a secretary allowing for extensive correspondence
with others.

During the 1950s he had four UFO observations but the detailed
reports are not readily available, esp., subsequent reports.
(Major Keyhoe frowned on people with multiple UFO sightings so
those who had several observations, Major Leet, Barlett, Kenneth
Steinmetz, even Clyde Tombaugh kept their heads down on further
UFO sightings.. Keyhoe's attitude on this and UFO near the
ground may have been transferred from Ruppelt and the Air Force
unwritten policy on here.)

Bartlett also investigated cases finding an earlier sighting
prior to the Lock Raven Dam incident. He did find that Lock
Raven was investigated by AF OSI, at the time an almost unknown
to the public AF activity.

Lou Corbin, news director at radio station WFBR, and like
Bartlett a NICAP advisor, his papers were lost by his adopted
son, a drug addict, so only people who have records and letters
in their files know anything about his activities. Google has
only four incidents one which involved the 4602d AISS tracing a
meteor fall. (The UFO report files on this case are unremarkable
and available at the National Archives, but this is one of the
main things about Corbin.) Lt. Col.Corbin, US Army reserve
intelligence, was instrumental in getting the 1953 report of the
Navy Squadron case. Corbin was plugged into the local Civil
Defense and Ground Observer Corps and got leads from here.
Keyhoe used his relationship with Corbin as a way to get
credibility with witnesses and other sources. Capt. William Nash
had a few items from Corbin in his files. Corbin may have been
working on a book, Richard Hall had a possible chapter in his

Project Eye Full, this seemed to be Corbin's UFO group which
investigated UFOs for him and feed him leads. Almost nothing is
known about it. Unfortunately the Wash Star newspaper has not
been carefully screened for the 1950s. Keyhoe got a lot of leads
from there, but few articles and clippings were in the
CUFOS/NICAP files. Perhaps something is there, but, of course,
Corbin was in a competing medium.

Operation Interloper. Even less is known about this. Major Dewey
Fournet had a file in his papers. Fournet carefully made sure
that he took no official material when he left the Service.
Operation Interloper papers prominently label "unclassified"
contain UFO reports and articles from newspapers and magazines
and older pre 1947 reports which would not be subject to any
security review. Fournet gave a lecture to a Naval Officer
Intelligence Class. From this he got three interesting UFO
incidents not official reported and added to the Operation
Interloper files. Even thought, the Kenya 1951 Mt Kilimanjaro
report was in the Project Blue Book files, Fournet used Frank
Edwards' radio report not the incident. My speculation, and pure
guess on my part. that Operation Interloper was used by Fournet

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